Advocacy (4)

Advocacy goes to the heart of CARE Rwanda’s empowerment of women. Economic justice, a life free from violence and adolescent sexual health and rights, all require practical support, training and empowerment. However, business women, violence prevention, and effective knowledge sharing is only possible when structures and social norms shift. CARE is committed to effective advocacy that creates space for women to thrive. Examples of this include: 

Advocating Equality Among the Sexes

CARE Rwanda's Sexual and Gender Based-Violence Advocacy Strategy upholds the vision where women and girls live in freedom from gender-based violence and aims for the goal of reducing women's and girl's vulnerability to GBV through the protection of their basic rights and the improvement of policies and legal frameworks. Thus, they use advocacy as a technique to influence for change. It is a deliberate action taken to influence a decision-maker with the aim of changing a certain law/policy or structure.

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 New Models for Linking Informal Savings Groups to Formal Financial Services

Similar to CARE International's Closing the Gap report, this report looks at linkages from community level financing to established financial services. Through 5 country analyses, the report looks at the successes and challenges of bringing both groups together.

The importance of expanding access to financial services for the world’s poorest people is increasingly recognised, but despite the growing international attention to the issue, numerous barriers remain. A key challenge has been finding cost-effective ways to connect the millions of people who participate in informal community savings groups to banks and other financial institutions. Over the past four years, CARE has tested eight innovative models for linking informal savings groups with companies in five African countries with exciting results that could help connect the developing world’s remaining “unbanked” populations with the formal global economy.

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Micro-Finance in Africa: State-of-the-Sector Report

This review focuses on the potential for the savings-led microfinance (MF) movement in sub-Saharan Africa to close an important gap in MF so that all poor people can access the financial products and services (including most fundamentally savings, credit, insurance, and remittances) that they need to improve their lives and livelihoods.

In collaboration with Access Africa, CARE International advocates for micro-finance movement in sub-Saharan Africa and speaks to the initiatives of financial inclusion and local, small-level lending and saving within communities to help eradicate poverty throughout Africa. 

For further information, please see the attachment for the complete report.

Strong Women, Strong Communities

CARE International's women empowerment report outlines their holistic approach to empowering women and girls across the globe in the fight against poverty.

CARE's theory of women empowerment, refined through research, programming, and partnership with others, identifies three critical factors:

  1. Women's own knowledge, skills, and aspirations
  2. The environments and structures that influence or dictate the choices women can make
  3. The relationships through which women negotiate their lives

CARE applauds the commitment to empowering women and girls that increasingly unites world leaders, activists, development experts and other agents of positive change around the world. As the spotlight focuses more intensely on this shared purpose, we take this opportunity to offer our perspective about what empowerment often consists of in country settings and what works best to empower women and girls. Based on these findings, we offer recommendations for policy and solutions for practice.

For further information, please see the attachment of the complete report.